Important Hand Sanitizer Info During COVID-19

Important Hand Sanitizer Info During COVID-19

Update 04/03/2020: More scientific evidence and research has come to light on the efficacy of Benzalkonium Chloride against Coronavirus, and potentially the reasons behind the CDC’s stance on the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers at this time. We invite you to read the following two articles that discuss the active ingredient in our hand sanitizer so you can make your own informed purchasing decision:EXCLUSIVE: Sanitizer opposed by CDC kills coronavirus “surrogate” in lab tests” ; “Doctor challenges CDC claims on hand sanitizer against coronavirus.”


Please meet the newest member of our family, Lavender & Eucalyptus-Infused Hand Sanitizer. We’ve been diligently working on this product for over a year, and just recently received our FDA registration allowing us to sell this carefully-crafted Benzalkonium Chloride-based hand sanitizer formulation.

As with everything we do, providing health-promoting products is our #1 priority at EuroSpa Aromatics. So we thought we’d give you some more information that can hopefully offer some reassurance during this time of concern and confusion about the Coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19.

Today there is one point of agreement among all the medical experts in the CDC, WHO and American Medical Association (AMA): WASH YOUR HANDS!  If you can’t wash your hands as directed by the experts, use a hand sanitizer until you can.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized two types of hand sanitizing formulations:  the first is alcohol-based utilizing a minimum level of alcohol. The FDA has found that two types of alcohol are acceptable, isopropyl or ethyl.

Isopropyl alcohol is derived from the petro-chemical propene and is distilled to a 99% level of concentration or strength.  It has a wide range of uses from pharmaceutical to industrial but is never suitable for ingestion. In its 99% concentration, it has a lethal dosage rate of 3600 mgs/kg of body weight.  Ethyl alcohol is derived from grain and is the type of alcohol found in fermented beverages, thus it is federally regulated and must be denatured for industrial or cosmetic use. Typical denaturants render ethyl alcohol unusable for beverage purposes.  In its 100% concentration (200 proof when beverage), it has a lethal dosage rate of 2000 mgs/kg of body weight. Both alcohols are considered as hazardous materials because of their flammability for shipping, handling and storage.

The second FDA-recognized hand sanitizing formulation is a Benzalkonium Chloride formulation.  Benzalkonium Chloride is a compound reacted to produce surface-acting properties useful for disinfecting, laundry detergent and textile fabric softening.  For the FDA’s purposes, the disinfecting antimicrobial and antiseptic properties of Benzalkonium Chloride are what make it useful in a hand sanitizer formula. When at levels of 0.1% or lower, there are no hazards surrounding this highly effective broad-spectrum sanitizing compound.

For your safety, the United States Food and Drug Administration regulates the manufacture and sale of hand sanitizing products.  Each manufacturer of a hand sanitizing product is required by federal law to register their manufacturing facility and their product label with the FDA.  The FDA does not “approve” any manufacturer or formulation. Anyone making such a claim is either ignorant of the facts, is possibly attempting to deceive the consumer, or misrepresenting their product.

EuroSpa Aromatics has considered the benefits of both alcohol-based and Benzalkonium Chloride-based formulations and has decided to opt for the Benzalkonium Chloride formula.  Because of the uniqueness of the COVID-19 virus and the urgency for so many other issues facing the medical community, no specific testing has been performed for efficacy against COVID-19.  But! There is testing that has demonstrated virucidal properties of Benzalkonium Chloride.  Snyder Manufacturing Corporation’s (EuroSpa Aromatics’ parent company) manufacturing site in Long Beach, California and our product label EuroSpa Aromatics Hand Sanitizer have both been registered with the FDA and are in compliance with their regulation.

Part of our decision-making process has been to weigh the advantages of Benzalkonium Chloride and alcohol for overall efficacy, risks for the consumer, and long-term usage.  While alcohol is effective, there is a very crucial feature of any sanitizing product’s efficacy: contact time. A contact time of 15 seconds is recognized as a minimum. Alcohol typically evaporates in 8 to 10 seconds.  Benzalkonium Chloride formulations well exceed 15 seconds before evaporating. In addition to the lengthier contact time, there is a residual protection effect of the Benzalkonium Chloride formula, unlike alcohol, that lasts 2 to 4 hours.

In order to slow alcohol from evaporating quickly, gel thickeners are added.  These thickeners make alcohol less effective with repeated use because they make the hands dirtier rather than cleaner as the thickening polymers entrap dead skin cells on the skin.  One more reason to choose the Benzalkonium Chloride formula.

One other obvious concern regarding alcohol is flammability.  Alcohol-based sanitizers can have a flash point of as low as 55 degrees Fahrenheit.  Consumers have experienced serious burns when using sanitizers with alcohol and static electricity has ignited the alcohol.  Alcohol does burn with a relatively cool flame but it still can quickly cause 1st degree burns and even 2nd and 3rd degree burns when spilled on clothing.  Benzalkonium Chloride formulations at FDA-recognized levels are non-flammable.

For those who are in situations requiring constant hand sanitizer use, alcohol can strip away the skin’s sebum and natural oils.  This leaves the skin more susceptible to organisms and infection. Our unique Benzalkonium Chloride formulation has added skin conditioning and emollients that help prevent skin dryness without the use of PEG’s (PolyEthylene Glycols, a skin lubricant commonly used to leave a slick feeling on your skin), polymer thickeners, or silicones.

We do not approach this very serious issue of hand sanitizing lightly.  For all the reasons listed above, our EuroSpa Aromatics Hand Sanitizer is based on Benzalkonium Chloride technology and will help protect you.  We have taken the added step of infusing the Benzalkonium Chloride formula with the beneficial properties of pure 80/85 Eucalyptus Oil and 4042 Lavender oil.  We thought hand sanitizing should be effective, smell nice and come with the added benefits of these fantastic essential oils. But, don’t forget, WASH YOUR HANDS!!  There is no substitute for the efficacy of thoroughly washing your hands.

The active ingredient in our unique Benzalkonium Chloride technology is manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Our bottles and sprayers come from Streator, Illinois and Brea, California. Our labels are printed in Huntington Beach, California.  Our corrugated packaging is manufactured in Corona, California. Our manufacturing plant and offices are in Long Beach, California and employ local residents.

EuroSpa Aromatics has been concerned about your health since 1977 when we first introduced all-natural pure Eucalyptus Oil products into spas and wellness centers where steam rooms developed offensive odors. All of our blends are carefully formulated, using only the finest ingredients available on the world market. We always deliver the highest quality at the lowest price, while also sharing with our consumers an experience that they will love.

Self Care During the Holiday Season

Self Care During the Holiday Season

Self-care is vital year-round, but sometimes, during the busy holiday season, taking care of yourself is something that gets placed on the back burner. But it’s actually during the bustling times that self-care is the most important. Choose to be proactive with your self-care efforts! You’ll set yourself up to stay healthier, be present during memorable moments, and truly enjoy the lively season. Here are a few self-care practices to try during the holiday season. 

Diffuse Essential Oils

While all the popular scents of the holidays are enjoyable, being more deliberate in the aromas you inhale can be transformative for your mood. Adding essential oils purposefully to your diffuser will allow you to breathe in a continual, steady infusion and enjoy a long-lasting aromatic experience.

Select an essential oil that supports your current attitude or feelings best. Reach for Lavender if you are looking for a sense of calmness or peace. Citrus is a good option if you need a revitalizing push or want to be uplifted. Eucalyptus is an awesome oil for clarity and helps to sharpen your focus. 

Diffusing oils delightfully pairs with a yoga session, meditation exercise, or journaling activity.

Take a Steam Shower

A hot, steamy shower is an easy-to-curate, at-home self-care practice. The warmth helps get your blood flowing, which will invigorate tired muscles. The steam will open up blood vessels and begin to naturally lower blood pressure. The entire process will help you unwind and destress, fostering an overall sense of well-being. 

Our 100% Pure Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist was created to give you a therapeutic spa-like steam room experience right in your own bathroom. Simply turn on the hot water in your shower to get started. When it starts to get steamy, spritz a few sprays of the ShowerMist into the steam cloud, away from your eyes.

Rest, Rest, and Rest

We simply cannot overstate the importance of rest. No one can be at their best when they are tired, run-down, and out of energy. But we know that seems like a lofty order during the stressful season when you have a mile-long list of things to do! Plus, it can be difficult to wind down after a full day of shopping, cleaning, and prepping. 

For a little support before bedtime, consider a pillow spray or diffusing essential oils like Lavender and Chamomile in a diffuser on your night stand. Pillow sprays are essential oil-based products that are sprayed directly onto bed pillows (or linens). This provides an aromatherapeutic experience that prepares the body, mind, and mood for optimal relaxation. We answered all your pillow spray questions here. 

We actually prefer diffusing rather than spraying directly onto linens since there is a lesser chance of contact irritation. Plus diffusing will last for hours!

One Product Does it All 

When we created our 100% Pure Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist, we created a diverse product that can be used in many different ways. 

First, as we mentioned above, use it in your shower for the ultimate steam relaxation adventure. But you can also use our ShowerMist as a naturally-effective pillow spray alternative. A few sprays on your pillow will allow you to breathe in those amazing benefits while you sleep. Finally, you can add our ShowerMist to a diffuser. Just spray a small bit into the water of your diffuser to steadily release the sensational aroma of the essential oil.

All of our blends are carefully formulated, using only the finest ingredients available on the world market. Plus we offer a variety of scent infusions that can support your current state of mind or the state of mind you want to be in. (Check out our variety pack!)

How do you practice self-care during the holidays?

Simple Secrets to Rock Your Tea Tree Oil Use

Simple Secrets to Rock Your Tea Tree Oil Use

You’ve got your Tea Tree oil, but now what? How exactly do you use it to experience the popular benefits of this renowned essential oil? Here are some simple tips to rock your tea tree oil use for a healthier, more holistic lifestyle. 

Remember: Tea Tree oil is a powerful, potent oil. Just a few drops will go a long way in providing symptomatic relief. Because of its strength, however, Tea Tree oil should usually be mixed with a carrier oil to avoid side effects. This doesn’t dilute the power of the essential oil; it simply protects the contact area. 

Mix It

Scalp Treatment: If you suffer from dandruff or dry scalp, Tea Tree oil will remove dead skin cells and moisturize the affected areas. Simply add 3-4 drops of Tea Tree oil into your favorite natural shampoo to defeat dandruff. This will soothe the itchy skin and promote healthy hair growth.

Cleaning: To make your own natural cleaning spray, mix a few drops of Tea Tree oil with hot water or distilled white vinegar. This will disinfect the areas you spray, plus deodorize your room with the warm, astringent scent. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil to your washing machine to thoroughly disinfect laundry.

Swab It

Acne: If you are prone to breakouts, Tea Tree oil may be the remedy you need. Using a Q-tip or cotton applicator, carefully dab a bit of the oil straight onto the acne. Since Tea Tree oil is very strong, which can cause severe dryness, dilute the oil by first dipping your Q-tip in water. 

Wounds/Scars: Tea Tree oil is the perfect addition to your first aid kit. In fact, it’s been hailed as a “medicine cabinet in a bottle.” It can minimize itching, disinfect wounds, and soothe the redness of sunburns, bug bites, and minor scrapes. It can even promote healing of scars by helping to reduce inflammation. Add 1-2 drops of Tea Tree oil to a healing carrier oil such as Macadamia Nut oil and apply it to the affected area. Or you can use it “neat” (without a carrier oil) directly on the area.

Breathe It 

Steam Shower: When you are suffering from allergies or sinus blockage, Tea Tree oil can act as a decongestant. Inhaling the scent will open up your nasal passageways, allowing you to breathe easier. The best way to experience the aromatherapeutic benefits is during your shower. Our Tea Tree Infused Pure Eucalpytus Oil ShowerMist, which combines Tea Tree oil with 100% pure Eucalyptus Oil, works with the steam to open up a stuffy nose. 

Diffuser: An essential oil diffuser can allow you to breathe in the purifying benefits of the warm, clarifying scent of Tea Tree oil. Add a few drops of Tea Tree oil to the water tank in your diffuser to help you breathe better, remove bad odors, purify the air, create a lovely smelling ambiance for your room, and uplift your mood.

How else do you use Tea Tree oil? With these ideas, we know you’ll be ready to rock your Tea Tree oil and fully experience the benefits of this amazing essential oil.


Natural Remedies for Nausea Relief

Natural Remedies for Nausea Relief

Waves of nausea are intense and can hit without warning. Whether caused by stress, digestive issues, medication side effects, or a myriad of other reasons, nausea is sudden, unpleasant, and you want it gone fast! Fortunately, there are several different remedies. Plus, all our suggestions support your healthy, holistic lifestyle. 

When your upset stomach makes it difficult to consume the remedy you need, we recommend turning to essential oils. Essential oils penetrate the skin and circulate throughout the body in a matter of minutes. They also work just as well when inhaled deeply into the lungs. 

Ginger

A popular choice for natural nausea relief is Ginger. Ginger is actually derived from a flavorful root known for its sweet, peppery flavor. It can help in treating pregnancy-induced morning sickness, motion sickness, and even nausea after a surgical procedure. This spice is readily available as a lozenge or candy and in teas or ale. 

Peppermint

When nausea strikes, many people also reach for Peppermint. And for good reason, too! Peppermint’s strong scent can pack an aromatherapeutic punch. It naturally calms your stomach muscles, which in turn, brings about relief from tightness, sourness, or general discomfort. Items as simple as peppermint tea, gum, or candies can help.

Citrus 

Finally, a lesser-known, but a still effective natural remedy for nausea is lemon and other citrus fruit. The citric acid helps aid digestion and soothe your stomach.

Our top picks for natural nausea relief are our Mint-Infused or Citrus-Infused Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMists. Each product contains 100% pure Eucalyptus oil and 100% pure botanical oils. Simply spray the mist directly into the steam of a shower, get in, and breathe deeply to let the oils do their work. This all-natural, plant-based, steam-distilled mist has no synthetics, alcohols, or petrochemicals. 

Other Nausea Relief Tips

Another idea to try for nausea relief is acupressure, the technique of applying pressure to a specific area to release tension, promote circulation, and in turn, relieve symptoms. The pressure point for nausea is located on the inner wrist area. Many people also try light, gentle yoga, deep breathing techniques to de-stress, and activated charcoal. Here’s a blog post that explores those options more in-depth. 

Reminder

We hope you found some ideas to try next time nausea strikes. As an important reminder, if your stomach nausea is more than an inconvenient discomfort, please seek medical attention.  Severe cramping, localized pain, or any other sudden symptoms should be examined by a doctor. 

What are your go-to remedies for nausea relief? Please share below!

Back to School with Essential Oils

Back to School with Essential Oils

Back to school is an exciting time of year! Teachers are working hard to make their classrooms an inviting, creative space. Students are stirring with the excitement of meeting friends and learning new things. And parents are prepping the home in anticipation of a new, healthy routine.

To prepare everyone for an A+ experience that very first day, use essential oils as part of your home or classroom daily routine. 

Teachers

You’ve poured your heart and soul into creatively planning the best ways to reach your students and teach the material. Still, you may have a secret weapon at your disposal sure to increase attention (and retention): diffusing essential oils. 

For a classroom, our Menthol Crystals can be a multi-purpose powerhouse. These all-natural crystals are colorless and clear and are a natural by-product of steam-distilled peppermint essential oil. 

Peppermint is one of the top essential oils known to improve focus and concentration. The scent is an invigorating one that will stimulate the young minds in your classroom, allowing them a chance to better focus on and retain the day’s lesson. 

An added bonus of our Menthol Crystals: they can be used to deodorize your room! You can easily freshen the air after the students return from an extra active recess or P.E. class. 

Parents

Back to school brings new friends, new things to learn, and, unfortunately, new germs! While you’re gearing up for the routine of back to school, make sure you’re giving your student (and your home!) the best possible immunity boost. 

With just some basic ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and, of course, your favorite essential oil, you can make your own natural, all-purpose cleaners very easily. (Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, and Lemon are some of our favorite oils for cleaning.) With our recipes, you can quickly clean your windows, toilets, and countertops to keep a germ-free house despite your busy schedule. 

Using essential oils in your cleaning can help keep germs at bay and break down grease and grime. An added benefit is the lovely scent that these plant-based oils release throughout your home. 

Students

With the summer behind you, it’s now time to dive in and do your best work — whether that’s in the classroom or on the sports field. You’ll be studying hard, pushing your body, and finding rest when you can. For many students, essential oils can be your go-to tool for being your best. 

To prepare for your day, choose something with a citrus twist in the mornings. Orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime are energizing scents that will improve your ability to focus. Whether your day starts with a history quiz or a group assignment, you can walk into the classroom ready to master the material. 

After a hard practice, your muscles will benefit from the cooling relief of Peppermint. Our Mint-Infused Pure Eucalyptus ShowerMist will transform your basic shower into a spa-like steam room and give your muscles the rest they need. After running a hot shower, simply spritz a few sprays of the ShowerMist into the steam and away from the face. Younger students can feel lighter effects by spraying the edge of their tub while soaking. If you need added relief for those sore muscles, try our recipe here for a homemade muscle rub.


Whether you’re a teacher, parent, or student, essential oils can be one of the most “essential” back to school items on your list. Which one of these ideas will you try this school year? Let us know in the comments!

EXTRA CREDIT: Once you find a EuroSpa Aromatics essential oil product that works wonders for you, consider joining our subscription service. Enjoy the ongoing benefits without the need to remember to reorder. Find a package here that best suits your preferred product size and delivery timeframe.

Natural Essentials for Your Dorm Room

Natural Essentials for Your Dorm Room

A dorm room is a small space with a big purpose: to provide the safety and comfort of home. In that one area, you will be sleeping, eating, studying, and socializing — a lot happens in this small space. Our suggestion? Use essential oils to maximize the impact of your home-away-from-home. 

With a few basic essentials, you can make sure your dorm room is one that is clean and tidy, keeps you alert when it’s time to focus, promotes peace and rest for optimal self-care, and fosters healing when you’re feeling sick.

A Diffuser: Time to Hit the Books

The best cram sessions take place in college dorm rooms. It’s an easy place to gather friends, grab your notes, and hit the books. Since candles are usually not allowed, a diffuser is a great option to release rousing essential oils into the air. This way, you can enjoy the aromatic benefits without an overwhelming scent. Try spritzing a few sprays of our Mint-Infused 100% Pure Eucalyptus ShowerMist into the water in your diffuser. Peppermint provides an invigorating smell that can provide the alertness you need to soak up the material. Eucalyptus is also a good option when you’ve been studying for a while. It’s healing properties can be refreshing to achy muscles or a tense mind.

Yoga Mat Cleaner: Time to Find Your Peace

Whether its an assignment’s due date or an upcoming final, college is stressful. Promote peace and self-care by staying active. After yoga or another gentle exercise, use our Lavender-Infused Yoga Mat Cleaner to wipe down your mat. (Another tip: you can also bring the 2oz travel-sized bottle with you to the gym to clean all kinds of equipment before and after use.) Our Yoga Mat Cleaner is made with pure eucalyptus oil. The plant base and enzymatic action will effectively remove makeup, perspiration, body oils, and dirt without degrading your mat. Our cleaner is yoga practitioner tested and approved! You can also continue using lavender as part of your bedtime routine. It’s known to have calming, sleep-inducing effects that will promote quality sleep.

A Spray Bottle: Time to Freshen Up

Despite balancing classes, homework, and your social life, you’re also responsible for keeping your dorm room clean. But it’s easy (and cost-effective!) to make your own all-purpose cleaner. For a natural way to keep your dorm room germ free, simply fill a spray bottle with distilled white vinegar and add a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Use it wipe down your door handles, your toilet, windows, and most any other hard surface. This will keep germs away and smell fresh too!

Menthol Crystals: Time to Stay Healthy

Bring the steam room to your dorm room! Our Menthol Crystals are clear and all-natural and can give any dorm room a spa-like vibe. These crystals are a product of steam-distilled peppermint essential oil. When heated, the crystals melt and release that wonderful, healing peppermint scent into the air. It can be a natural remedy to common ailments associated with cough, cold, and flu symptoms, as well as headaches, inflammation, and even itching. It’s also a fantastic study aid, as it gives you both respiratory and mental clarity. Having menthol crystals in your dorm room will be a step toward staying healthy all semester.


What other natural essentials do you think are a must for college students living in a dorm room?